Press Release 29th October 2016
Pastor Peter Simpson of Penn Free Methodist Church has strongly critcised the ever increasing high profile given to Halloween celebrations, especially by the retail industry, arguing that its focus on spiritual darkness is utterly unwholesome and should be the last thing which children should be encouraged to think about.
He states, “Death, ghosts, skeletons, vampires, face masks designed to terrify : there is nothing happy about Halloween, and it cannot be dismissed as just harmless fun. The Bible tells us that if people want to focus their thoughts on unwholesome subjects, it indicates a deeper problem within them, namely hearts which are in rebellion against God”.
The Penn minister contends, “The ‘trick or treat’ principle is in itself immoral - ‘Give me what I want or suffer the consequences’. Why instil such a notion in children’s minds? Halloween has become so popular in recent years, precisely because as a society Britain has increasingly abandoned the worship of God and the authority of the Bible”.
The BBC website is currently showing a video with make-up tips on how to look like a zombie, and the opening frame shows a woman with deep wounds and scars on her face and neck and all covered with ugly congealed blood. What kind of a culture thinks that this is fun and entertainment?, says the pastor. In contrast, the Bible declares, “Whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely … think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
Pastor Simpson also argues that there is a very unhealthy preoccupation with death in the obervance of Halloween, whereas death is no laughing matter. He states, “Death is a reality which all need to consider in the light of the coming day of judgement. The Bible states concerning death : “We must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:10). Instead of trying to laugh about death and joke about ghosts, says the minister, it would be far better to consider Him who has the power over death, our Saviour from sin, the Lord Jesus Christ.